MacGrad's robotic arm gives students a chance to solve tomorrow's problems - Daily News

MacGrad’s robotic arm gives students a chance to solve tomorrow’s problems – Daily News

Michael Gobetti, a McMaster of Engineering, Physics, and Management graduate program, is the president of Jetson Infinity, a company that offers easily programmable robotic arms that can be used for educational and prototyping purposes.

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Much of what you need to know about Michael Gobetti’s robotic arm can be learned from the name of his company – Jetson Infinity.

It’s futuristic, much like it is The Jetsonsthe 1960s animated TV sitcom set in the year 2062 (complete with flying cars, novelty gadgets, and robotic gadgets).

Its applications are endless.

Do you need an automated electric car to charge it? Why not create a robotic arm demonstration that can show how robots can be used to connect a car to a charging port?

Jetson Infinity offers easily programmable robotic arms that can be used for educational and prototyping purposes (Photo courtesy of Jetson Infinity).

Do you have another future problem? Jobity says whether you are a school-age kid, new to the world of programming, or an expert, Jetson Infinity And his robotic arm can help you find a solution.

“It’s basically a general-purpose robotic arm that can be used in many different applications,” says Gobetti. “You basically plug it into your laptop, and then you’re ready to go.”

It uses python, a universally accepted programming language that is well suited for those learning to code, says the entrepreneur.

A graduate of the McMaster’s Engineering, Physics and Management program, he created the robotic arm product line in response to the growing demand for educational tools to help children learn coding and develop engineering skills.

Once a student has the robotic arm, they can connect it to their laptop, download apps — or create their own — and use that robotic arm to start solving everyday problems.

real world issues

In addition to providing the arm only, Jetson Infinity works with customers to help implement it into existing curricula, or to collaboratively develop learning modules where the arm can be used in control systems, coding algorithms, creative design, and robotics.

Gobetti points to one such collaboration as the moment he realized the global impact a robotic arm could have.

Jetson Infinity is working with Arizona State University and a South African STEM company to use the robotic arm to teach students in Johannesburg how to code, according to Gopeti.

“We have weekly meetings with the coordinator. He was talking about smart cities, how Johannesburg is focusing on smart cities and how it’s trying to ease traffic,” says Jobeti.

“I was like, Oh my God, these are the real world issues he describes. And we’re going to be able to educate these kids and open up a challenge for them where they can finally use their knowledge and apply it to a pervasive problem in their city.”

2 standardization

This concept of automated innovation ties into another piece of technology that Jobity helped develop—a hands-free auto-tuning guitar stand named 2 standardization (clear melody if appointed).

An acoustic guitar sits in a stand with mechanical tuning pegs.  There is a logo
2unify, the hands-free automatic guitar tuning stand. (Photo provided by Michael Jobetti).

The innovation, which mechanically adjusts the guitar’s pegs, stemmed from a final year capstone project the then engineering physics student was dealing with with a group of his peers.

2unify until the group landed on the Canadian version of the reality show dragon’s Den, Entrepreneurs present their ideas to a group of venture capitalists in hopes of securing business financing and partnerships.

Jobity says the unforgettable experience proved to him the value of the business skills he gained during his tenure at McMaster – particularly from the support the group received from formationa McMaster-funded business incubator.

“They gave us such a warm welcome after our show. It was really cool,” says Jobity.

Jobity returned to The Forge for support in developing Jetson Infinity, and says the team has been instrumental in guiding the company, from dealing with manufacturing issues, to developing patents, to acquiring storytelling skills.

“The network and resources are really strong. They are really great at supporting young entrepreneurs,” says Gobetti. “I am really grateful for everything The Forge does.”

Add to toolkit

Jetson Infinity’s robotic arm is in 15 schools in the United States and is in use at three universities and five companies, Gobetti says. He hopes to see that total grow to 100 in a year.

He says he sees great potential for growth as more education funding is allocated to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). He also likes the idea of ​​waiting to see what a new generation of thinkers will come up with.

“My ultimate goal is to get the student to develop some revolutionary technology,” says Gobetti. And when they were asked, “So when did you become inspired by this?” They’ll say, “Oh, I had the endless arm of Jetson.”

Revolutionary technology aside – the young entrepreneur says the primary goal is to give students a tool that will lower barriers in the tech world.

“It helps students add another resource to their toolkit,” says Jobity. “You have a ruler, a pencil case, a textbook, a robotic arm, right? It sounds kind of funny, but I think it creates a very exciting future.”

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